The Boy Runners and the Blatant Beast

Banned for male nudity in the US, this Neopagan fantasy is a rewrite of Edmund Spenser’s Elizabethan poem, The Faerie Queene, in which nine boys in 11th Century Ireland are made precocious through elven magic, and trained as message runners.

Six of the boys are hunted down as pixies and held in iron cages, tormented and tortured to death by a ravaging crowd driven to frenzy by a fey terror, leaving three survivors to recapture the dread Deargbeithíoch, the Blatant Beast of 1,000 tongues.

Not all goes to plan. They keep making mistakes. If they fail in their sworn task they are doomed to eternal servitude to the fell sprite Oilill Sceolan, known as Al-il, errant page to Artegal and Caelia, high king and queen of the ancient Tuatha Dé Danann beneath the great towering rock, Sídhe Creig.

Gil Hardwick
BISAC: Medieval Fiction / Coming of Age
Young Adult

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